An accident involving a forklift left a man dead at Nucor Steel in Trinity on September 20, 2021. The man, who was identified by police as Don Burton, was killed when he was hit by a forklift, critically injuring him. As Decatur Police was called to the steel facility, Mr. Burton lay conscious and responsive. Fire Marshalls requested air transport but were declined due to weather. Mr. Burton was transported to Huntsville Main ER, where he later died due to his injuries.
A spokesman from Nucor revealed that Mr. Burton was working on the Nucor property at 4301 Iverson Blvd. but was a contractor and not a Nucor employee. Mr. Burton was an employee of contractor Delta Fabrication & Machine of Daingerfield, Texas.
According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a total of 5,333 workers died as a result of on-the-job injuries in 2019, a 1.6% increase from 2018 and the highest number of fatalities since 2007. The data shows that the overall rate of fatal workplace injuries was 3.5 per 100,000. Specifically, workers in construction and extraction occupations experienced 1,066 fatal injuries, a 6.3% increase from previous years.
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